OneSix8
8:39 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: Giving Voice to Subjects & Artists

Invisible Eve

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but as Ansel Adams once stated, “When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Fortunately, this week’s OneSix8 highlights two art events worth talking (and of course, writing) about. 

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8:36 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Survey: No Cuts Needed To Offset Disaster Spending

Lead in text: 
While Oklahomans continue to recover from last week's tornadoes, a new study shows a majority of people support spending on natural disasters without compensating for the cash by cutting other areas.
Released: May 29, 2013 High Interest in Oklahoma Tornado Overview As Oklahoma recovers from severe damage caused by last week's tornado, a majority of Americans (59%) say federal spending in response to natural disasters is emergency aid that does not need to be offset by cuts to other programs, while
Drought
8:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Drought Only Partially to Blame for Oklahoma’s Withering Wheat Crop

Credit NET_EFEKT / Flickr Creative Commons

While the drought continues to ease in eastern portions of the state, it’s still raging in much of western Oklahoma, where the state’s wheat harvest is taking a hit.

The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association recently released its estimate of this year’s wheat crop, which Oklahoma Farm Report summed up with one word: “dismal.”

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World Views
8:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

High-resolution Imaging Gives Art New Life Online

Charles I (1600-1649), Oil on canvas, c. 1636
Sir Anthony van Dyck Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Anna Somers Cocks.

Technology is changing the way we experience art. High-resolution imaging not only allows museum curators to catalog and preserve their collections, it also changes the structure and function of the museums themselves.

“If you look at almost any great museum, it starts either with the collections of private individuals, or else with the heads of state,” says Anna Somers Cocks, founding editor of The Art Newspaper. “If you go around the Met in New York, it's like a kind of series of chapels devoted to various donors – galleries that have not just been financed, but have actually been filled with works of art collected.”

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The Salt
2:05 am
Thu May 30, 2013

GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

Genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in a field in Oregon. GMO wheat is not approved for sale in the U.S. Above, a wheat field in Arkansas.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 1:03 pm

A farmer in Oregon has found some genetically engineered wheat growing on his land. It's an unwelcome surprise, because this type of wheat has never been approved for commercial planting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's investigating, trying to find out how this wheat got there. The USDA says there's no risk to public health, but wheat exporters are worried about how their customers in Asia and Europe will react.

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Severe Storms
4:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For Most Of Oklahoma

Storms will continue to move eastward through the evening and early overnight. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary concerns for locations across central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Storm Prediction Center

A Tornado Watch is in place for most of Oklahoma as a storm system is poised to make its way through the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say it's important to be aware of the weather over the next three days, though it's not time to panic.

“It’s very difficult and very challenging striking a balance between freaking people and telling them what they need to be ready for,” says warning coordinating meteorologist Rick Smith with the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office.

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2:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Walking The Path Of A Tornado

Lead in text: 
John D. Sutter, a CNN Opinion columnist and a former staff writer for The Oklahoman newspaper, walked the full 17-mile damage path from the May 20th tornado, and live-tweeted what he encountered.
I downloaded a map from the National Weather Service and drove on Thursday afternoon to Newcastle. I found the quaint cul de sac where the tornado was born. No one expects an infant to grow into a terrorist. Likewise, looking at the humble beginnings of this tornado, I'd never have dreamed it would stomp across the metro area, smashing neighborhoods, killing 24 people, including seven children in one elementary school, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damages.
OU Softball
12:38 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

OU's Ricketts Repeats As Nation's Top College Softball Player

University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts
Credit University of Oklahoma Athletic Department

University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts has been named the top college softball player in the country for the second straight year.

The Amateur Softball Association of America Tuesday night announced that Ricketts won the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The other finalists were Oklahoma teammate Lauren Chamberlain and Tennessee's Raven Chavanne.

"It's definitely an honor to win the award with the girls I was going against, who have had amazing seasons so far," Ricketts says.

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State Capitol
5:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Legislative Session Over, But Health Questions Remain

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and other legislative leaders announce a budget agreement May 2 at the State Capitol.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin gave lawmakers an 'A' grade for approving much of her agenda during the recently concluded legislative session, but at least one key issue remains unresolved, which is how the state plans to address the more than 630,000 Oklahomans without health insurance.

Fallin rejected the opportunity under the federal health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 200,000 people without health insurance, saying last November that doing so would prove too costly to the state and the country.

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Severe Storms
4:59 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Forecasters Say More Severe Weather Possible in Oklahoma

More severe storms are possible again on Wednesday with the area of potential severe weather spreading east into Central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Norman Forecast Office

The National Weather Service says starting Tuesday evening Western and Central portions of the state could see more severe thunderstorms with the possibility of some tornadoes.

"Supercells with large hail and damaging winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening with storms likely forming into clusters or lines during the evening," says Rick Smith, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office. "The tornado potential is a little bit higher on Wednesday due to strong wind shear, but the hail and wind will still be the most common threats."

He says the focus will mainly be west of the Interstate 35 corridor on Wednesday, but could expand into Central Oklahoma the day after tomorrow.

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